Arts or Science? Personal help!I want to take science since my parents want me to become a doctor or an research person. But I actually like Literature and books and writing essays. What do i do?...

Arts or Science? Personal help!

I want to take science since my parents want me to become a doctor or an research person. But I actually like Literature and books and writing essays. What do i do? Is there anyway I could take both? I dont want disappoint my parents but I also want to pursue what I like to do...

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I am assuming you are talking about majoring.  You can definitely take classes in both areas while taking most classes in one or the other.  Most colleges require you to take classes from different categories.  You can also major in one and minor in the other, or have a double major.

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When I was an undergraduate, I had a double major, English and Business Administration.  I went to school in the summers, so I could finish on time.  I have always been happy with having done this, the English more for "fun" and the business degree for the math part of my brain, although, actually, I learned just as much about thinking and logic from my English courses, and certainly, I learned how to write properly, something you need no matter what.  A combination of English and science degrees  is equally possible, something for you to seriously consider when you begin to look at colleges.  Interestingly enough, there are many doctor-writers today, people who love science and writing, for example, Abraham Verghese, who has written some very good books, fiction and non-fiction.  That is one great way to combine your interests. 

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nicoledesilva | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

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Speaking as one who has lived under my mother's thumb, I can empathize. Looking back on my life (18 years has been such a long lime lol), I think she has done a good job making my choices.

Actually, none of that is relevant.

What I should say is that people do have careers in science and literature at the same time.   Asaimov, Michael Crieghton and Carl Sagan being examples.

I read this book, Now it Can be Told, by General Groves about the building of the atomic bomb.  According to Groves, Robert Oppenheimer, who was a physicist, often quoted obscure bits of poetry.  Oppenheimer must have had literary as well as scientific interests.

Thank you!

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nicoledesilva | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

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When I was an undergraduate, I had a double major, English and Business Administration.  I went to school in the summers, so I could finish on time.  I have always been happy with having done this, the English more for "fun" and the business degree for the math part of my brain, although, actually, I learned just as much about thinking and logic from my English courses, and certainly, I learned how to write properly, something you need no matter what.  A combination of English and science degrees  is equally possible, something for you to seriously consider when you begin to look at colleges.  Interestingly enough, there are many doctor-writers today, people who love science and writing, for example, Abraham Verghese, who has written some very good books, fiction and non-fiction.  That is one great way to combine your interests. 

Thank you!

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etotheeyepi | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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Speaking as one who has lived under my mother's thumb, I can empathize. Looking back on my life (18 years has been such a long lime lol), I think she has done a good job making my choices.

Actually, none of that is relevant.

What I should say is that people do have careers in science and literature at the same time.   Asaimov, Michael Crieghton and Carl Sagan being examples.

I read this book, Now it Can be Told, by General Groves about the building of the atomic bomb.  According to Groves, Robert Oppenheimer, who was a physicist, often quoted obscure bits of poetry.  Oppenheimer must have had literary as well as scientific interests.

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